Chicago Fire season 8, episode 13 recap: A Chicago Welcome

CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Chicago Welcome" Episode 813 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC)
CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Chicago Welcome" Episode 813 -- Pictured: (l-r) Eamonn Walker as Wallace Boden, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz -- (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /
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CHICAGO FIRE — “A Chicago Welcome” Episode 813 — Pictured: (l-r) David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Annie Ilonzeh as Emily Foster, Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter, David Selby as Tim Larson, Christian Stolte as Randy ?Mouch? McHolland, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severid — (Photo by: Adrian Burrows/NBC) /

Friends and family

The next day, both Cruz and Mouch are cranky, and Herrmann is crankier than usual to find that Tuesday—and a visiting Dusty—have taken over the firehouse couch. Meanwhile, Severide asks Ritter to see what he can find out about the company that Gorsch is ordering from. He suspects that it’s not about the money, but that Gorsch must have a personal connection somewhere.

All of that has to wait when Chicago Fire opens its fourth act with a human chain of bystanders desperately trying to keep a child from falling into the river. One by one, our heroes work to get everybody back on their feet, and with the exception of the token guy who almost falls, it’s a relatively short emergency. Casey tells the kid’s worried mother that her thanks ought to go to the citizens who were there first. “Chicago shows up for each other,” one of them says, and everybody hugs it out.

That puts things into perspective for Mouch, who decides he ought to apologize to Herrmann. He claims he’s been jealous since Herrmann made lieutenant last season. Herrmann points out that there’s very little to be jealous about and takes back his draconian schedule.

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But what about the elephant in the room? Severide brings Ritter, and Ritter’s findings, to Gorsch. Again, we don’t see what happens next but it’s not good because then Gorsch is getting a massive talking-to from the comptroller because it turns out that the new company has never made fire gear before, and Gorsch’s buddy is the head of sales. He’s also already squealed: Gorsch gave him $200,000 in kickbacks as part of the deal. He gets fired immediately. At least the comptroller tells Boden their original purchase order will go through.

Chicago Fire wraps up with Foster apologizing to Cruz, and Cruz quite possibly missing the single life. Foster says she’ll throw another party that he can come to this time. As they make up, Brett asks Casey for a favor, which ends up being using his old press contacts to get a ton of people to support Tim at his wife’s funeral. Not only the members of Firehouse 51, but total random Chicagoans being awesome. Tim sobs in gratitude, and we’re not crying, you’re crying.

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